16th annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass
16th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass
Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 6:30pm
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
Principal Celebrant: Cardinal Robert McElroy
About the Mass:
Each year, the Archdiocese holds a Commissioning Mass to herald the beginning of “Simbang Gabi Masses” widely celebrated in its various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco during the Christmas season. “Simbang Gabi” is a prominent centuries old Filipino Catholic faith practice with roots in farming and fishing communities dating back to the 1600’s. This practice traditionally consists of attending a novena of pre-dawn, or night-time masses leading up to Christmas Eve. Please double check the dates and times of Simbang Gabi masses that may be celebrated in your parish.
We encourage you to attend our Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass, and to bring your own Filipino Christmas “Parol”, and your family “Cresche” (or Nativity scene) to receive a special blessing after the mass.